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The Kennedy Center

Elaine Stritch, Carlo Bergonzi, Mary Rodgers and Lorin Maazel - Part 2

John Mauceri | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Carlo Bergonzi was one of the "other" tenors when I was a teenager going to the Metropolitan Opera. Like Nicolai Gedda, Bergonzi was a tenor's tenor. He did not send off fireworks like a Tucker or a Corelli. He did not summon the deep wells of sadness that Vickers could. He was simply perfect.

My Crew

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The men and women who run the shows, move the sets, carry the props, light the lights, manage the sound, dress the performers and on and on are among my favorite colleagues in every arts job I have held and the Kennedy Center is no exception.

A Valedictory

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

A serious effort must be made to engage people in their 20s and 30s today, to make the case for the importance of our arts institutions, to make it fun and rewarding to participate as a donor.

Veteran's Day Musical Magic: LA Rocker Brings Military Spouses in CAMMO on Stage at Hard Rock

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Kaas Boyle

What happened on stage that Saturday night in Hollywood, captured by photographer Billy Bennight and Alexandra's dad Rino Lee, on home video, was a spontaneous and brilliant burst of fireworks just in time for Veteran's Day.

What I Hope My Search Committee Thinks About

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I hope the Search Committee finds a remarkable person to run the Kennedy Center, someone who can take the institution to new places and can educate and entertain our audience in ways I could not even imagine.

Marvin Gaye, Unearthed: How A Buried Track Came To See Light of Day

Turnstyle | Posted 06.02.2012 | Entertainment

By Brandon McFarland Marvin Gaye's classic album, What's Going On, is approaching its 40th anniversary. In celebration, The John F. Kennedy Memoria...

"And the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater Goes To... "

Freddie Gershon | Posted 05.19.2012 | Arts
Freddie Gershon

The challenge was to engage kids and let them discover the magic of theater for themselves, so that it stays vibrant and robust for multiple generations by being insinuated into the culture of our country.

Penguins Can't Fly... But They Can Soar

Freddie Gershon | Posted 06.26.2011 | Arts
Freddie Gershon

In my blog "Look Papi... I Did It", I identified P.94 and their experience with disabled children who defied prognostication by breaking through and f...

HuffPost Video Exclusive: Erasure's "A Little Respect," Plus a Holiday Conversation With Mr. Pink Martini

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Erasure wanted to do something a little extra to spread light on this inspiring message of tolerance and to help raise money for an organization that is on the front line for gay and human rights.

From D.C.'s Kennedy Center to East of Angel Town: Conversations with Branford Marsalis and Peter Cincotti

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis has been accumulating a series of honors, with the upcoming NEA's Jazz Masters Award being one of the most prestigious yet.